Limestone & Travertine Worktops

Limestone & Travertine

Natural stone worktops are the epitome of luxury, transforming ordinary spaces into luxurious interiors. In particular, the limestone worktop is underrated in terms of its unique beauty and timeless charm. Limestone is a sedimentary rock primarily composed of calcium carbonate. It is formed by the centuries-long compression of calcium-rich sediments (primarily shells and micro-skeletons) from seawater. Travertine, a special mineral-rich form of terrene limestone formed around hot springs, is also used for constructing aesthetic, earthy worktops.

Advantages of the Limestone Worktop

Both limestone and travertine worktops have similar properties. Here are their key advantages:-

  1. 1. Visual Appeal- The limestone worktop closely resembles marble owing to its white, off-white, and cream tones with glimpses of gold and light pink. On the whole, both limestone and travertine surfaces bring about an elegant and serene aura in home interiors.
  2. 2. Versatility- These are well-suited for kitchens, bathrooms, vanities, and spas. The neutral and earthy tones blend well with all colours of cabinets, fittings, and other interior design elements.
  3. 3. Durability- When maintained well, limestone and travertine worktops last fairly long in most climates.
  4. 4. Heat Resistant- Like marble, the limestone worktop is known for its inherently cool surface and impressive heat resistance.

Limitations of Limestone and Travertine Worktops

  1. 1. Highly Permeable- By nature, both limestone and travertine are soft and highly absorbent. Hence, these worktops require regular sealing to close the pores.
  2. 2. Acid Reactivity- Even with mildly acidic beverages like tea and lemonade, the risk of staining a limestone worktop is likely.
  3. 3. Physical Sensitivity- The Mohs hardness rating of limestone/travertine is around 3, which is at par with marble. This makes these worktops prone to scratches and dents when not handled carefully.
  4. 4. Dedicated Upkeep- If you plan to install a limestone worktop, you have to be prepared to clean and maintain it diligently.

Caring and Maintenance Tips for Limestone and Travertine Worktops

    • ● Sealing before installation, and thereafter at regular intervals is a must.
    • ● Always use neutral pH or slightly alkaline cleaning agents. Steer clear of harsh abrasives, acidic cleaners, or even bleach.
    • ● Ensure the use of chopping boards and avoid dragging heavy objects on the surface to avoid scratching.
    • ● Use baking soda and hot water to remove tough stains. Never let spills, dirt, or grease dry out on the surface.
    • ● Even though the surface is heat resistant, never place a hot pan directly on a limestone worktop. Always use kitchen mats while working on them to ensure longevity.

Limestone versus Granite: Costing, Properties and More

    • ● An igneous rock composed of crystallised sandstone, granite is harder, denser, and heavier than limestone. Hence, granite worktops are more expensive than limestone and travertine worktops.
    • ● Both granite and limestone are porous and need to be sealed well before use.
    • ● However, granite has far lower acid reactivity and is less prone to staining and scratching.
    • ● Since limestone is softer, carving decorative worktop edges is easier as compared to granite.

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